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Julia Wheeler: The Real Life Mermaid is a True Eco-Warrior

Julia Wheeler is happiest when she’s either 50 metres below the sea’s surface exploring shipwrecks, immersed in a photo shoot or on the frontline of anti-poaching. Julia can dive to the ocean’s depths on a single breath.
Over the last four years, she has visited Africa where her passions flourished and connected with numerous organisations to create a trailer and just recently, a one hour TV pilot. The pilot includes the global issues of Rhino poaching and shows a world first – Julia’s mission to Massingir (Souther Africa’s hub for Rhino poaching) where she interviews an active Rhino poacher on camera. Julia has presented in front of delegates such as Richard Leaky and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, about the issues facing the world of endangered species conservation. Ambassador for Take 3 For The Sea, Julia recently launching a viral campaign in September 2017 where herself and friend, Trista Fontana went unintention
Julia’s natural courage, curiosity and compassion has led her to explore the world, its people and amazing wildlife. A highly experienced and dedicated photographer, having shot multiple Australian lifestyle campaigns, she is known for her ‘freshness and spontaneity’ with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group having used a number of her shots. Holding a degree in Media and Communications, majoring in cultural studies and graduate of Australia’s most prestigious acting school, NIDA, Julia’s infectious enthusiasm and instant rapport has granted her access to people at their most intimate. Using natural light and movement, Julia is driven to meet people from all over the globe and document their life stories.
While Julia travels extensively for international Freediving competitions, her base remains in Sydney, Australia, where she loves returning home to lifestyle photography, Freediver instructing with Apnea International and producing.

(Julia Wheeler films herself and friend, Trista Fontana, freediving through approximately three tonnes of man made rubbish floating through the ocean)

if you really want to tell a story about someone, you have to be willing to put aside your fears and step into their shoes on an intimate level. You must be open to embracing and experiencing everything in front of you. You may not agree with all peoples views but always want to understand them” -Julia Wheeler

*Based on information from Julia Wheeler’s website.

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